Auto Expo 2018 dates announced; Auto-industry gears up for India’s biggest auto-fest

Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 which will be spread across 1,85,000 sq mtrs with all automobile majors participating in 14 indoor exhibition halls.

By: | Published: September 25, 2017 5:40 PM
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Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has confirmed that India's biggest automobile extravaganza Auto Expo 2018 will be held in the second week of February 2018. The Motor Show is scheduled from 9-14 February 2018 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. ACMA also confirms that the Components Show will be held parallely at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 8-11 February 2018. The joint inauguration of Auto Expo 2018 will be held on 8th February 2018. Going by the rich history of increasing foot fall and rise in ticket sales, organizers have decided to add one additional day, extending the world-class experience to auto-enthusiasts. Auto Expo – The Motor Show and Components Show, jointly organized by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), has been successfully establishing itself as a key Global Auto Show in the region. The Auto Expo mirrors the rapid growth of the Indian automotive industry and aptly showcases the grandeur of the industry. The event has developed into a platform for the automotive industry to exhibit its prowess in manufacturing, R&D, and in future mobility concepts and designs.

Almost all top-manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor India, Renault India, Hero Motor Corp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), TVS Motor Company will be showcasing its upcoming models for the next calendar year and also some concepts which will make it to production over coming years. Expect company's to have a strong focus on electric vehicles. However, we expect company's like Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield and Volkswagen Group including Audi India and Skoda Auto India to show no presence at the 2018 Auto Expo.

On the product front, 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is probably the most anticipated unveil at the auto expo followed by Hyundai Santro's replacement which in all possibility might break covers in February 2018. Nissan Leaf and Jeep Renegade are other top vehicles expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. On the two-wheeler front, expect the production version of TVS Akula to be showcased along with the electric scooter thatr TVS is working on. Honda might showcase its self-balancing bike concept for the first time in India. We also expect India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Motorcorp to showcase a range of new products incuding its upcoming electric range. Premium auto-maker Mercedes-Benz India is likely to showcase the A-Class sedan in India and BMW India might showcase its upcoming BMW i8 roadster at the expo. Upcoming brands like Kia Motors might also make the most this extravanza by showcasing its India line-up.

Highlighting the salient features of Auto Expo – The Motor Show, Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM, said “The Auto Expo has conventionally been one of the most pursued platforms for the automobile industry in India and with the continued success of the show, it has gained a global thrust giving the participating brands a worldwide exposure. Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 is aimed at celebrating the industry’s biggest automotive event offering an opportunity to the Industry and visitors to Co-Create, Co-Exist and Celebrate.”

Auto Expo – The Motor Show 2018 which will be spread across 1,85,000 sq mtrs with all automobile majors participating in 14 indoor exhibition halls, is all set to whet the appetite of the auto-enthusiasts with exciting new launches and displays. Apart from several vintage cars, super cars and others, a particularly unique initiative this time is the creation of special zones for visitors such as Innovation Zone, Destination Zone, Smart Mobility Zone and Competition Zone that would offer world class technology-enabled experiences under one roof. The tickets for the Auto Expo - The Motor Show 2018 will be available exclusively on BookMyShow.com in addition to the box office at IEML – Greater Noida and at select Metro Stations in Delhi NCR.

In parallel, the Auto Expo - Component Show 2018, themed ‘Automotive Technologies that Drive the World’ will be spread across 60,000 sq mtrs, with participation from over 1,200 companies.  Several international pavilions including those from China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the U.K. will have on display an array of cutting edge component technologies. Overseas delegations from around 15 countries, to explore market and investment opportunities, have already confirmed their participation.

Enumerating the highlights of the Auto Expo – Components Show, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, “In the backdrop of a slew of regulatory changes, the Auto Expo – Components show will exhibit path braking technologies for the future of mobility. Further, fast integration of the Indian auto component industry into the global supply chain is leading to a year on year increase of international participants at the event. We are confident that this edition of Auto Expo – Components will witness more traction in trade and business than any of the previous editions.”

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